Witness the solemn occasions and fun festivals that will take place this April.
The arrival of April and the rising temperatures can only mean one thing: it's officially summer! Time to pack those bags and head for the different provinces to take part of the revelry that is their local fiesta.
However, April isn't all about merrymaking - for Catholics, it's also the time to commemorate some of the most important aspects of their faith during Holy Week, the last week of Lent. In a predominantly Catholic country, the different provinces show their devotion through processions, pledges, and other activities.
Whether you're looking to celebrate your faith or simply want to celebrate summer, April has a number of festivals in store for you:
April 4-8 |Marinduque Island
This is the time of year the island turns into an enormous stage, and masked men and women sporting traditional Roman garb roam the streets in search of Longinus, a Roman centurion whose blindness in one eye was cured by Jesus Christ's blood. The festival is also characterized by the recitation of Christ's passion and the reenactment of his suffering by devotees.
April 8 | Daan Bantayan, Cebu
Although this festival is celebrated every Easter Sunday in honor of the town's patron saint, St. Rose de Lima, its name is derived from the words "halad" (offering) and "Daya" (the name of the legendary chieftain of Daan Bantayan). The highlight is the fluvial parade featuring the patron saints of the different barangays cruising on bancas or motorized outrigger boats. Other things to watch for include the street dancing competition and the search for the Haladaya Festival King and Queen.
Panaad sa Negros Festival
April 9-15 | Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
Derived from the Hiligaynon word for "vow" or "promise," the Panaad festival is a thanksgiving celebration in honor of Divine Providence. Not just for Bacolod City, this "Festival of Festivals" is also a showcase of the fiestas of the 13 cities and 19 municipalities of the province. It is truly a celebration of the province's rich history, heritage, commerce, and industry. This year, visitors can expect a dynamic spectacle of fairs, motorcades, competitions, and shows.
April 9-14 | Masbate City, Masbate
Masbate City transforms into wild country in a month-long celebration aimed at showcasing the city's livestock handling skills and turning it into the rodeo capital of the Philippines and Asia. While the highlight of the festival are the rodeo competitions that include crowd stunners such as horseback wrestling, bull riding, and bullwhipping, it also features a parade, livestock shows, animal health seminars, an agro-industrial fair, and a country festival.
April 12-14 | Manila
Do you want to check out the festivals in the different provinces all at once? You can at Manila's Aliwan Fiesta. Organized by the Manila Broadcasting Company, this annual event features festival champions from all over the country in all their finery. This year, visitors can expect a colorful dance competition, the Festival Queen Pageant, and a float competition.